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[Originally posted on 08/24/17.]

 

Gamescom 2017 opened up to the public yesterday in Cologne, Germany and it’s been nothing short of amazing. Thousands of gamers from across the world are already flooding the halls to experience the latest and greatest in gaming.

 

AMD and HTC’s dazzling booth stands at the entrance of Hall 10.1. The booth is stocked full of beautiful hardware and unique PC builds that have you doing a double-take every time you pass. The In Win X-Frame stocked with the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 and the BIRD Customs casemod equipped with the Radeon™ RX 580 caught the eyes of many Gamescom attendees.

 

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We also showcased Quake Champions Special Edition PCs from Overclockers UK, Alza, Fierce PC, Caseking, ONE.de and Chillblast.

 

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Attendees were able to run benchmarks, play games and have some fun on AMD’s stage with League of Legends face-offs for prizes and free swag. On the HTC VIVE side of the booth is the opportunity to jump into some immersive VR, including Fallout 4 VR.

 

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Gamescom 2017 has only just begun and we can’t wait for it to get crazier with everything we love about gaming. We look forward to exploring the rest of the event and sharing it with you. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter for show floor updates!

 

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Daniel Skrba, Marketing and Communications Specialist for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 06/09/17.]

 

There are very few racing games as iconic as Dirt®. Fast-paced rally-car racing with sharp turns and split-second wins is always sure to get the adrenaline going. Add in nearly infinite race tracks due to procedurally generated stages, brand new sounds to immerse you in the audio and amazing visuals to make you feel like you’re in the driver’s seat, Dirt® 4™ is shaping up to be a classic. Radeon™ Software 17.6.1 pushes these visuals into high gear. Here is our performance at a glance:

 

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  • Up to 18% faster performance using Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6.1 with Dirt 4 on the Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.5.2 with DirectX®11 at 1920×1080 (1080p)1.

 

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  • Up to 94% faster performance using Radeon Software 17.6.1 using Dirt 4 DirectX®11 on 8GB Radeon RX 580 multi-GPU than with 8GB Radeon RX 580 single-GPU at 2560×1440 (1440p) 2.

 

Download Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6.1 today and experience the thrill of Dirt® 4™.

 

 

Gurman Singh, Software Product Marketing for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

 

  1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of June 8, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6.1 and Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.5.2, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 using the game Dirt 4 on the ultra settings at 8X MSAA. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 1920x1080, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.5.2 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 running Dirt 4 scored 52.6 FPS, and Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.6.1 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 scored 61.9 FPS, which is 18% faster performance. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-144
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of June 8, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 in multi-GPU or 8GB Radeon RX 580 in single-GPU, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.6.1 and Windows 10 x64 using the game Dirt 4 on the ultra settings at 8X MSAA. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 2560x1440, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.6.1 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 single-GPU running Prey scored 40.6 FPS, and Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.6.1 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 multi-GPU scored 78.5 FPS, which is 94% faster performance. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-145

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[Originally posted on 07/13/17.]

 

SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is the highest grossing Indian film of all time, but it also had a monumental global impact. Consider this: the film’s initial trailer is currently the 15th most viewed online trailer in history during its initial 24 hours, raking in 59.8 million views. By comparison, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens pulled in 55 million views.

 

Once Baahubali 2: The Conclusion arrived in the United States, it landed at #3 in domestic box office totals. It actually surpassed The Circle, which boasted immense star power in the form of Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.

 

The Sword of Baahubali

 

When we first announced The Sword of Baahubali VR experience alongside our talented collaborators Arka Media Works, our ambition was — and is — to create the most exciting and photo-realistic virtual reality experience possible. To create an indelible adventure using the finest technology we can get our hands on. When the film it’s inspired by turned out to be a critically-acclaimed global phenomenon, we were overjoyed. And we are driven to expand the scope of our original vision to reflect the surging interest in this franchise.

 

Beyond just expanding our original vision, our team remains resolute in our desire to make The Sword of Baahubali VR experience one of the most compelling and captivating VR experiences to date.

 

This means pushing back the release of The Sword of Baahubali VR experience to Fall 2017, but we’re going to have some very exciting updates for you along the way. So stay tuned and thanks for joining us on this adventure!

 

 

James Knight is Visual Effects Director for AMD, based in Los Angeles, CA. James was Performance Capture Supervisor on Columbia Pictures’ The Amazing Spiderman. Additionally, he spent four years managing the motion capture for James Cameron’s Avatar. He has done Performance Capture and Virtual Production for films including I Am Legend, 2012, Hulk and Prince Caspian and various video games including, Batman Arkham City, Scene It, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Project Gotham Racing. He is an active member of the Visual Effects Society (VES), and on the Board of Directors at the British Academy’s Los Angeles chapter (BAFTA-LA). James is also an Executive Member on the BAFTA VR Advisory Group.

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[Originally posted on 08/28/17.]

 

Gamescom 2017 is already over and we had an absolute blast being able to share it with gamers across the world. AMD’s booth was stocked with the latest systems powered by Radeon RX and AMD Ryzen. Outside of AMD’s booth was a whole world of upcoming gaming titles and immersive experiences.

 

We can’t wait for next year’s Gamescom 2018, but until then we have a photo gallery of this year’s event. For those that missed our event recaps, check them out below!

 

GAMESCOM 2017: DAY ONE

GAMESCOM 2017: DAY TWO

 

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Daniel Skrba, Marketing and Communications Specialist for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 09/01/17.]

 

They’re Radeon™ fans, they’re hardcore gamers and they’re enthusiast builders—and they’re the few lucky gamers who won a Radeon RX Vega and had one in their hands before anyone else.

 

From the massive Vega giveaway back in January and our RX Community Tour, four gamers opened their prize packages to see the glimmer of the silver-plated, liquid-cooled Radeon RX Vega 64.

 

We asked them how they felt about winning the Radeon RX Vega before the cards arrived at their doorstep, and they were eager to share their thoughts on the high-end graphics cards.

 

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“The possibilities are endless. Thanks to Vega I can play smoothly in 4K but that’s the obvious part. Then I can choose a 4K monitor much easier because of the FreeSync support. Another thing that I would never try without a proper card is VR but now I have a reason to do that. There are just so many things I could write about and more after I try it with my new build.” –Yan Buyko, Hungary

 

 

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“The most exciting thing about receiving a Radeon RX Vega card is being able to be a part of the technology wave that AMD has unleashed over the past few months. The disruption AMD is bringing to the video and computing arena brings much needed competition in both technology and pricing, it’s a great time to be an AMD fan.” –Breck Anderson, USA

 

 

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“I am extremely excited about not only FINALLY building a computer of my own, but also building one with incredible VR capabilities! We will have a fantastic GPU that will be viable for many years to come and I will never have to borrow a computer again for PDX LAN!” –Ashley Bocaniciu, USA

 

 

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“This is an amazing gift. I’m excited to new Radeon RX Vega graphics technology and performance. I can’t wait to unpack it. :)” –Mateusz Pokrywka, Poland

 

We love seeing gamers so thrilled. If you want to show off your rig, be sure to follow us on our social channels and tag us—we want to see your build!

 

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Annie Lee, Product & Content Marketing at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 10/10/17.]

 

Summary

 

THE HP OMEN 15 IS A PORTABLE GAMING MACHINE READY TO DELIVER SMOOTH E-SPORTS AND AAA GAMING STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOX.

 

HP OMEN is back with the 2017 OMEN 15 gaming notebook featuring Radeon™ RX 550 graphics. With a beautiful aluminum and carbon fiber chassis, fully lit chiclet keyboard, and integrated Bang & Olufsen speakers, the OMEN 15 lets you bring a fantastic gaming experience anywhere you go.

 

Key Hardware Specs:

  • 15 Inch, 1080p Radeon FreeSync™ Display
  • Intel-i7 processor (7700HQ)
  • Radeon RX550 Graphics
  • 8GB of DDR4 Memory
  • 1TB HDD
  • 2.58 kg (5.68 lbs)

 

Build & Physical Features

 

The first thing I noticed when taking my OMEN 15 out of it’s box is the signature OMEN dual texture design and red accents. The lid is plated with brushed aluminum and carbon fiber panels, which are great for attracting a few head turns. With an absence of plastic parts, the build quality feels nice and solid. The dual fan exhausts at the back accentuate the OMEN 15’s aggressive look, making the notebook feel ready to take on anything that you throw in its way.

 

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Lifting up the lid of the laptop reveals a black and red chiclet keyboard with a full num pad surrounded by a black brushed aluminum surface. The WASD keys are highlighted in bright red. The keyboard has red backlit keys for all the keys except for WASD which have white backlights. I find this keyboard helpful when playing shooters, as I never have to fumble around much to get my fingers in the right position. I especially like the fact that the backlight on the keys also lights up the text on each individual key face instead of surrounding the square so that I have no problem distiguishing the letters in dimly lit environments.

 

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The notebook features a powerful set of Bang & Olufsen notebook speakers found on the front right and left corners of the notebook. The angular design of the notebook help direct more of the sound outwards as opposed to downwards like many other notebooks do. I was able to fill a small room with crisp and consistent sound at around 80% volume.

 

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Attached to the chassis with a large single hinge design is the 15.6’’ Full HD FreeSync display of the OMEN 15. This well-lit display shows great saturation, and it’s anti-glare finish allows it to be viewed at a wide variety of angles without washing out the colors. Screen tearing was non-existent during my gaming tests.

 

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In a bright indoor office environment, I used 80% brightness which still left additional headroom to push the display brighter when watching dark videos.

 

Using the laptop outside on a sunny day, I noticed that although the anti-glare screen works well, it isn’t perfect. I still felt that the display was losing some color consistency within the darker color palette, even after maxing out the brightness settings. Bright and colorful games like Overwatch and League of Legends are fine, but this display struggles a bit if you are planning on watching dark movies under the sun.

 

Cracking open the OMEN 15 was a little difficult, which gives some credit to the solid construction of the notebook. Once I removed the back plate, I immediately noticed a dual heat pipe design and 2 rear exhaust fans which provide sufficient cooling for the CPU and GPU. Although the fans are large, they are quiet enough to be inaudible most of the time. Taking up a large chunk of the laptops interior space is a hefty 70Wh battery, giving the OMEN 15 enough juice to handle those on-the-go gaming sessions.

 

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As for the ports offered by this notebook, OMEN 15 has you covered with all the essentials integrated into the sides. The USB-C port on the left side of the laptop is always nice to see in the ports suite. The Ethernet interface allows me to hook up a wired connection, which is vital for games where every millisecond of ping counts.

 

While we’re on the topic of internet connectivity, I’ll quickly mention the inclusion of the 802.11ac WiFi standard on the OMEN 15, allowing me to connect onto those 5 GHz internet bands that are becoming ever more popular. I never have to fight for WiFi bandwidth at the 2.4 GHz frequency, which is so important for reducing ping.

 

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Ports:

  • Power Connector
  • 3x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • Network Port
  • SD Slot
  • USB-C
  • Headphone and Microphone input
  • HDMI
  • Mini-DisplayPort

 

PERFORMANCE

 

Benchmarks and Gaming

 

All tests were done on the latest driver and plugged into the wall. I saw a 15-20% drop in gaming performance if the laptop was not plugged in. For all new laptops, I recommended updating to the latest driver for the best performance.

 

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The gaming experience is very smooth on the OMEN, consistently staying above 60 FPS for all the tested titles. It looks like this notebook is ready to play all of your AAA titles straight out of the box without a problem.

 

Synthetic

 

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Pretty decent gaming score, as expected of a dedicated gaming laptop like the OMEN 15. I’m pleasantly surprised to find that the Digital Content Creation score is higher than I thought it would be.

 

Boot Time

 

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To measure the speed of this system I measured boot time from power up to the time my cursor no longer showed the spinning icon. Admittedly, the boot time is on the slow side, and a lot of the blame can be pointed to the fact that this particular notebook I tested used a hard-drive as its storage device. If you want those lightning fast boot times, you should definitely consider getting an SSD.

 

Hard Drive

 

CrystalDisk Mark was used to measure Hard Drive Performance:

 

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Unsurprisingly, the long boot times are reflected in the poor disk read/write scores. Get. An. SSD.

 

Productivity

 

Discrete Radeon 550 graphics provided a significant performance uplift in Adobe Photoshop and Premiere.

 

I tested this by comparing the amount of time it takes to run a sequence of filters and effect in Adobe Photoshop (2017). A 4K image (300 dpi) was rotated 180 degrees, crystallized by a factor of 10, blurred using the Gaussian Blur tool by a factor of 1 pix, sharpened using the Smart Sharpen tool and rotated again by 180 degrees.

 

On Adobe Premiere, I tested with a 30 second 1080p mp4 video. The clip was flipped vertically, lens distortion was applied, and then a blur using the Gaussian Blur tool by a factor of 1 pix.

 

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BATTERY

 

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The battery life on the OMEN 15 was decent. The 70Wh battery powered the PCMark 8 Mainstream gaming test for 2 hours and 17 minutes. Idling with the screen on at 80% a comfortable indoor brightness resulted in a little more than 4 hours before auto shutdown.

 

Charge time was quick on the laptop. I fully drained the battery, plugged it in and within 1 hour and 40 minutes the battery was back to 100%.

 

CONCLUSION

 

Powered by the Radeon RX 550, the OMEN 15 is a laptop that is designed with the gamer in mind. The sleek red chiclet keyboard and the beautiful aluminum and carbon fiber paneling makes the OMEN 15 feel like a proper gaming laptop. Although the read/write speeds could be improved, the Radeon™ Freesync display paired with the Radeon RX 550 delivers smooth gameplay across a variety of E-Sports and AAA titles. OMEN 15 is a laptop balances portability and performance, allowing me to bring my games with me anywhere I go.

 

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Detailed Specs

Radeon RX 550 Graphics
Boost Clock1287 MHz
Peak Performance1.65 TFLOPs
Memory Size2 GB GDDR5
Memory width128 bit
Effective Memory Speed6 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth96 GB/s

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[Originally posted on 02/03/17.]

 

We’ve talked a lot about the RX 460 lately, concentrating on using it as the building block for a surprisingly affordable AAA gaming PC. What’s not to love about a ~$100 graphics card that can handle everything from eSports to AAA shooters? Well, sometimes choice is great. But sometimes it’s paralyzing! So today we wanted to steer you toward an awesome feature at Hexus.net that guides you to the RX 460 variant that’s just right for you.

 

 

In their comparison, Hexus takes a deep dive into the following heavy-hitters:

 

Hexus does a terrific job rounding up crucial specs for each card — PCB length, build quality, cooling style, power requirements, notable extra features — and then puts each one through a battery of tests measuring gaming performance, temperature, noise, overclocking potential, and power consumption.

 

I also appreciate that their test bench reflects the kind of system most gamers interested in buying a Radeon RX 460 would own, versus using absurd amounts of RAM and a $1000 CPU.

 

So if you’re in the market for an affordable 1080p graphics card, check out their feature here, and let us know which one is your favorite!

 

 

Jason Evangelho, Sr. Technical Marketing Specialist for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 02/14/17.]

 

Rebellion has released the newest title in their acclaimed Sniper Elite series, Sniper Elite 4. Each mission can be completed differently as there are so many ways to get through a level. Whether you’re using traps, your sniper rifle or just being super stealthy, the game always feels fresh. Most importantly, the animation when getting a long distance snipe is incredible. As you shoot, the camera pans out to follow the trajectory of your bullet, making every shot feel impactful. The mechanics of the game are the main reason why I love this tactical shooter.

 

As much as I like the mechanics, the performance of this game really puts it together.

 

DirectX® 12 highlights several features supported in Sniper Elite 4, enhancing the experience from DirectX® 11:

 

Asynchronous Shaders—the Asynchronous Compute Engines in AMD’s GCN and Polaris architectures can submit commands without waiting for other tasks to complete. The result is vastly improved GPU efficiency that boosts graphics processing performance, helps reduce latency, and enables consistent frame rates.

 

Multi-GPU experiences have been redeveloped for DirectX® 12, pushing for greater utilization of each GPU in a multi-GPU configuration. AMD’s GCN and Polaris architectures lead with greater performance and scalability in multi-GPU DirectX® 12.

 

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  • Up to 24% faster performance using Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.2.1 using Sniper Elite 4 DirectX®12 on 8GB Radeon RX 480 graphics GPU than with DirectX®11.1

 

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  • Up to 100% faster performance using RSCE driver 17.2.1 using Sniper Elite 4 DirectX®12 on 8GB Radeon RX 480 multi-GPU than with 8GB Radeon RX 480 single-GPU.2

 

With an average of 60 FPS and up to perfect 2X multi-GPU scaling, this game performs like a dream. If you’re looking for an amazing tactical stealth shooter with a great PC experience, get Sniper Elite 4 and download Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.2.1 today!3

 

Make sure you’re following Radeon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with game performances and Radeon news.

 

 

Gurman Singh, Software Product Marketing for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

 

  1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of February 8th, 2016 on the 8GB Radeon RX 480, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 5960X CPU (3.0 GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.2.1 and Windows 10 x64 using the game Sniper Elite 4 on the ultra settings PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 2560x1440, Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition driver 17.2.1 and 8GB Radeon RX 480 running Sniper Elite 4 DirectX®11 scored 48.5 FPS and Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.2.1 running Sniper Elite 4 DirectX®12 scored 60.0 FPS, which is 24% faster performance. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-110
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of February 8th, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX 480 in multi-GPU or 8GB Radeon RX 480 in single-GPU, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 5960X CPU (3.0 GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.2.1 and Windows 10 x64 using the game Sniper Elite 4 on the ultra settings PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 2560x1440, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.2.1 and 8GB Radeon RX 480 single-GPU running Sniper Elite 4 DirectX®12 scored 60 FPS, and Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.2.1 and 8GB Radeon RX 480 multi-GPU running Sniper Elite 4 DirectX®12 scored 120 FPS, which is 100% faster performance. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-111
  3. The Rebellion name and logo, the Sniper Elite name and logo and the Sniper Elite Eagle are trademarks of Rebellion and may be registered trademarks in certain countries. © 2017 Rebellion. All rights reserved. DirectX is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other jurisdications.
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Prey: Recommended Settings

Posted by adam.kozak Employee Oct 31, 2018

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[Originally posted on 05/04/17.]

 

Prey is the newest first person action adventure game from Arkane Studios, built upon a highly optimized version of CryEngine. Set aboard a space station in an alternate timeline, Prey is a beautiful, smooth running title, with some really cool shape-shifter effects, and an intriguing story line.

 

Arkane Studios have spent a lot of time working on the PC version of the game, and I’ve been lucky enough to be playing it for a while since it is the first title released under AMD’s large partnership deal announced earlier this year.

 

Performance looks great across most Radeon RX graphics cards, and with my Ryzen 5 1600X system, you can really push up the settings and resolution.

 

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To play this game at decent settings, the recommended requirements are:

  • OS: Windows 10 64bit
  • Processor: AMD FX 8350 or Intel Core i7 2600K or greater
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Video card: AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater

 

Testing was done after the basic tutorial and first major story twist occurs. I wanted to be able to see the shape shifters and integrate them into the testing.

 

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One thing to note is there are a wide variety of options for PC users, including a few different AA settings that can help push performance, if you really need it. For those of you with widescreen monitors and a RX 580 – this game runs really well. On my new Asus MQ34VQ (3440×1440), I was able to knock down the setting one level to HIGH and still get smooth framerates without FreeSync enabled. With FreeSync enabled, I was able to enjoy smooth gameplay by switching to Very High settings.

 

If you are looking for a few extra frame-rates, consider playing with Screen Space Directional Occlusion, and Screen Space Reflections in the Advanced Settings menu.

 

Here are the recommended settings for 60+ fps across the latest Radeon RX graphics cards.

 

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As always, update to the latest Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver HERE to take advantage of the latest optimizations for Radeon™ graphics cards.

 

 

Adam Kozak, Sr. Product Marketing Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 11/02/17.]

 

A few weeks ago, we sent out this tweet:

 

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Then, proud GPU owners’ photos came flooding in—and we went on a nostalgia trip with these “retro GPUs”. Some of them are only a few years old, but it’s still nice to look back at the cards that once seemed mint and brand-new.

 

Take a look the photos the owners sent of the cards they kept around.

 

@matteopey:

 

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Jarrod (@JarrodsTech)’s MSI R5870:

 

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Stefan (@Misel)’s Rage 128:

 

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Camilo (@MrFusterCluck)’s Sapphire HD 3850:

 

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@Beccdoor‘s HD 3870:

 

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Josh (@joshdalemon)’s HD 4850 Toxic:

 

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Richard (@schlegelrichard)’s MSI X850 XT:

 

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Harry (@cuttsharry123)’s HD 7990 and 9200:

 

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Emilio (@Emilio_ARG)’s HD 5770:

 

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Dave (@Leviathanprim3)’s Radeon 9550:

 

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Øyvind (@Mastromical)’s collection:

 

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Alexander (@grafptitsyn)’s Sapphire HD 4870:

 

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Clint (@Icebug)’s Mach 32:

 

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Stephen O’Brien (@TPJerematic)’s Sapphire HD 2600 Pro:

 

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*All photographs are property of the tagged owner and have been shared with us for this blog.

 

 

Annie Lee, Product & Content Marketing at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 06/30/17.]

 

The Radeon™ RX 580 and Radeon™ RX 570 graphics cards have been getting all the spotlight, but what about the rest of the cards in the “Polaris”-based Radeon RX 500 Series family?

 

Today we’re showing some love to the Radeon™ RX 560, an affordable but capable graphics card that packs a lot more pixel-crunching power than you might think. It runs your favorite eSports games without skipping a beat, but it also delivers smooth framerates in more visually demanding AAA titles.

 

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Let’s be real here for a sec… Graphics cards are like our superhero cape. More than any other component, they define both our PC gaming experience and the systems they’re built around. We know our cards inside out—they’re like our weapon of choice, the one we take the most pride in owning. We know how many frames they can hit in certain games, how far we can push those overclocks, and how to keep them running cool inside our rigs.

 

That being said, the Radeon RX 560 is a gem among the RX 500 Series graphics cards—this GPU is capable of pushing hard and overclocking faithfully.

 

We’re gonna take a look at all models using the Radeon RX 560, but today Jason Evangelho took the Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 560 for a spin along with an AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600X CPU. Here’s a sampling of the framerates he saw across a wide variety of games. (All of these games were played at 1080p.)

 

Here are some of his results:

  • DIRT 4: Medium Quality, 4x MSAA – Average 61 FPS
  • DOOM: Medium Quality, Vulkan API – Average 72 FPS
  • GTA V: High Quality, MSAA X2 – Average 70 FPS
  • Overwatch: Ultra Quality – Average 68 FPS
  • Civilization VI: Medium Quality, DX12 – Average 69 FPS
  • Dota 2: Best Looking – Average 90 FPS
  • Prey: Medium Quality, FXAA – Average 66 FPS
  • Sniper Elite 4: Medium Quality – Average 62 FPS

 

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These are some of today’s most popular titles, and the Radeon RX 560 is more than capable of giving you a fantastic gaming experience. Throw in an affordable Radeon FreeSync™-capable monitor, and you have an awesome hardware combination for smooth, tear-free gaming and very low input lag. Jason saw some great results at Medium settings, and if you bump graphics quality up to High or Ultra for some of these titles, you’ll still get smooth, playable framerates and fantastic visuals.

 

Keep an eye on Radeon.com where we’ll be posting a few more deep dives into the Radeon RX 560. Until then, happy gaming!

 

 

Note: AMD’s product warranty does not cover damages caused by overclocking, even when overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. Jason’s results may not be representative of the framerates you may experience, and have not be validated by AMD testing.

 

 

Annie Lee, Product & Content Marketing at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 07/16/18.]

 

Whether you are using multiple GPUs in a workstation for a complex rendering job or competing in an intense eSports tournament, seeing a frozen screen indicating that your graphics driver has crashed can be more than just an inconvenience. It can have real costs such as lost productivity and time. Along with the most requested features and top performance, driver stability has always been one of the core priorities of the drivers supporting AMD’s Radeon GPUs. AMD has conducted independent driver audits in 20051 and 20102 which verified the stability of our drivers in those years.

 

A new report3 from QA Consultants4, a Toronto-based software testing and quality assurance firm, has put six of AMD’s most popular cards to the test (high, medium and budget level cards from our Gaming and Workstation lines respectively) to see how our driver holds up against a marathon of intense graphic tests. QA Consultants ran identical tests on the six Nvidia graphics cards that correspond most closely to the tested AMD cards.

 

The Systems:

 

The tested graphics hardware, drivers and system configurations can be found in the table below:

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The Tests:

 

The team at QA Consultants ran each of the systems through multiple instances of CRASH, a four-hour automated program in Microsoft’s Hardware Lab Kit (“HLK”). CRASH contains a variety of graphical functions across DirectX 9, 10 and 11 including changes in resolution, color settings, screen rotations, color overlays, sleeping and waking up. Each system ran the four hour CRASH test, non-stop 6 times per day back-to-back for 12 days (for a total of 72 runs per system). Completing the entire four-hour CRASH routine would be considered a pass. Any application crashes, hangs or “blue screens of death” would be considered an immediate fail. The overall stability score was derived from the total number of passes divided by the total number of attempts. For simplicity, the results for all AMD and Nvidia systems respectively were aggregated into a single score for each of their drivers.

 

The Results:

 

After all tests were run (432 tests across six AMD and six Nvidia systems respectively), AMD systems passed 401 out of 432 tests while Nvidia systems passed 356. This is equivalent to a pass rate of 93% for AMD systems vs a pass rate of 82% for Nvidia systems. According to the QA Consultants report: “AMD has the most stable driver in the industry.”

 

The Takeaway:

 

Driver stability is a consistent priority for AMD and our engineering team is dedicated to testing and refining each new update to ensure users can depend on their Radeon cards. With the results of the QA Consultants report, we’re pleased to see the results of that commitment to stability that we’ll continue into the future of Radeon products.

 

To download a more detailed version of the report, visit: qaconsultants.com/stabilityaudit.

 

 

Andrej Zdravkovic is AMD’s Corporate Vice President of Software and Platform Solutions. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

 

Footnotes:

  1. ATI Catalyst 5.6 Stability Final Report – https://www.amd.com/Documents/AppLabs-Stability-Benchmark-Test.pdf
  2. Project Final Report: Catalyst Stability Testing – https://www.amd.com/Documents/PerseusLabs-Catalyst-Stability-Testing.pdf
  3. “Graphics Driver Quality – Determination of Stability from Leading Market Vendors”- https://www.amd.com/system/files/documents/graphics-driver-quality.pdf
  4. In May 2018, AMD commissioned QA Consultants to independently evaluate the stability of several of the latest graphics drivers from both AMD and NVIDIA.

From the beginning, the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processor was designed for the world’s fastest and most premium desktop systems. But it also started small: a small skunkworks team of enthusiasts at AMD believed that the users of such systems needed and wanted more than an 8-core AMD Ryzen CPU. The rest is legend. The pace of progress for AMD—and the overall HEDT market—since that little idea has been breathtaking.

 

Where 10 cores once cost $1723 USD (Core i7-6950X), the 1st Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPU delivered 16 cores at half the cost (a 2.5X price/perf leap in one generation).1 Threadripper also delivered the world’s first 16-core desktop CPU, and we challenged our competitor to step it up. Where PCIe® lanes once pointlessly varied with the CPU in the socket, Threadripper made an always-on 64 lanes table stakes. All of that fed into phenomenal acclaim: Ryzen and Threadripper collected 550+ industry awards and accolades in 2017.

 

This momentum served as an exemplary backdrop for the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs we unveiled in August of 2018. Since that time, the initial Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and 2990WX models have secured more than 50 glowing awards in their own right. But we’re not finished! Today we’re unveiling two more 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper models to make the beastly AMD X399 Platform even more accessible to users:

 

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX (24 cores)
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X (12 cores)

 

Threadripper X Series Processors

The new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X is the crucial “missing link” for customers who create by day and game by night. With 12 cores and 24 threads, plus new technologies like Precision Boost 2 and AMD StoreMI technology, Threadripper X Series CPUs like the 2920X can game and stream like other processors only dream of.2 And when it’s time to make something beautiful, the 2920X just blows past its competitor in 3D rendering (up to 38% faster) and video encoding (up to 31% faster).3

 

Threadripper WX Series Processors

Some people just want to double down on their content creation performance to tear through their work as quickly as state-of-the-art technology will allow. Time is money, after all. Those people are Threadripper WX Series people. Whether it’s 3D rendering, media encoding, or cinema mastering, the new 24-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX is a specialized weapon that’s double-digits faster than the competition in tasks like Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve™, Autodesk Maya® 2018, and Chaos Group V-Ray™.4 Plus, the Ryzen Threadripper WX Series Processors now offer the performance-enhancing Dynamic Local Mode feature!

 

Together, the 2018 Ryzen Threadripper X and WX Series CPUs set the standard for performance, flexibility, features, and value for gamers and creators shopping in the HEDT market. And lest I forget: they’re drop-in compatible with any AMD X399 motherboard, tapping into an awesome ecosystem of great hardware. That’s HEDT done right!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

Transistor Count~9.6 Billion~19.2 Billion
Topology6 Cores ea. in Dies 0,16 Cores ea. in Dies 0,1,2,3
TDP180W250W
Precision Boost Overdrive (OC)5AvailableAvailable
Precision Boost 2EnabledEnabled
PCIe Gen3 Lanes64 (4x reserved for chipset)64 (4x reserved for chipset)
Memory ChannelsQuadQuad
L3 Cache16MB Per Die (32MB Total)16MB Per Die (64MB Total)
L2 Cache512K Per Core (6MB Total)512K Per Core (12MB Total)
Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR2)EnabledEnabled
Die Size(s)2x 213mm24x 213mm2
Core Count12 Cores, 24 Threads24 Cores, 48 Threads
Boost Frequency4.3GHz4.2GHz
Base Frequency3.5GHz3.0GHz
AMD Suggested Online Price$649 USD$1299 USD

 

Robert Hallock is a technical marketing guy for AMD's CPU division. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

FOOTNOTES:

1. Testing by AMD performance labs as of June 27, 2018. Performance per dollar evaluated by dividing the Cinebench R15 nT multithread score by the $USD SEP of the processor. I7-6950X: 2061/$1723 = 1.2 per $ (100% baseline). 1950X: 3042/$999 =  3.0 per $ (150% or 2.5X faster). Intel pricing via ark.intel.com as of 7/24/2018. Intel results obtained from official Cinebench R15 benchmark database on 7/24/2018, results not verified by AMD: https://us.rebusfarm.net/en/tempbench?view=benchmark / https://us.rebusfarm.net/images/benchmarks/1466540143_438.jpg. AMD System Configuration: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, Asus ROG Zenith X399, 4x8GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-28-1T), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Samsung 960 EVO SSD, Windows 10 x64 RS3. Results may vary with system configuration and drivers. RPM-24

2. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 10/4/2018. Application(s) used: Overwatch (4K resolution with High IQ Preset), OBS Video Encoding (40,000Kbps CBR, Faster CPU Usage, High Profile, 3840x2160, Lanczos resize). Results presented in order of Intel vs. AMD (% difference). Overwatch: 91 FPS vs. 76 FPS (19% slower); OBS Encoding Frame Drop Rate: 0% vs. 66%. System configuration(s): ASUS ROG Zenith X399 Extreme + AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X vs. ASUS PRIME X299-Deluxe + Core i7-7820X, 4x8GB DDR4-3200C14, Corsair H100 v2 Cooler, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Samsung 850 PRO SSD, Windows® 10 x64 Pro (RS4), Results may vary with system config and drivers. RP-33

3. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 10/4/2018. Application(s) used: POV-Ray 3.7 nT (“raytracing”), TrueCrypt 7.1a (“encryption”), 7-Zip 18.01 (“file compression”), Blender Benchmark 1.0beta (3D rendering), HandBrake 1.0.7 (“video encoding”). Scores presented in order of Intel v. AMD (%diff). POV-Ray: 3717 v. 5146 (38.4% faster); TrueCrypt: 10GBps vs. 6 GBps (60% faster); 7-Zip: 49669 MIPS vs. 68924 MIPS (39% faster); Blender: 3798 seconds vs. 2824 seconds (25% faster); Handbrake: 501 seconds vs. 381 seconds (31% faster). System configuration(s): ASUS ROG Zenith X399 Extreme + AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X vs. ASUS PRIME X299-Deluxe + Core i7-7820X, 4x8GB DDR4-3200C14, Corsair H100 v2 Cooler, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Samsung 850 PRO SSD, Windows® 10 x64 Pro (RS4), Results may vary with system config and drivers. RP2-31

4. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 10/4/2018. Application(s) used: POV-Ray 3.7 nT, Corona 1.3, V-Ray 1.0.8, DaVinci Resolve 15, Maya 2018. Scores presented in order of Intel v. AMD (%diff). POV-Ray: 6370 v. 8429 (32% faster); Corona: 60 seconds vs. 50 seconds (21% faster); V-Ray: 39 seconds vs. 31 seconds (26% faster); DaVinci Resolve: 114 seconds vs. 89 seconds (22% faster); Maya: 157 seconds vs. 135 seconds (14% faster). System configuration(s): ASUS ROG Zenith X399 Extreme + AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX vs. ASUS PRIME X299-Deluxe + Core i9-7960X, 4x8GB DDR4-3200C14, Corsair H100 v2 Cooler, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Samsung 850 PRO SSD, Windows® 10 x64 Pro (RS4), Results may vary with system config and drivers. RP2-35

5. Precision Boost Overdrive requires a 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper processor with AMD X399 chipset motherboard. Because Precision Boost Overdrive enables operation of the processor outside of specifications and in excess of factory settings, use of the feature invalidates the AMD product warranty and may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. GD-128

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[Originally posted on 04/19/17.]

 

Today we took the esteemed “Polaris” architecture into faster, more refined territory with the launch of our Radeon RX 500 Series, serving up the most compelling reasons yet to upgrade your graphics card.

 

Believe it or not, 9 out of 10 PC gamers are still playing on outdated graphics cards1. Take a minute to really let that sink in. It means not being able to maintain smooth framerates in the newest games. It means being unable to power smooth VR experiences. It means missing out on awesome display tech like HDR2 and Radeon FreeSync3, and on innovative features like Radeon Chill4  that lets users adjust frame rates and save power during gaming.

 

Stepping up from a graphics card like the Radeon RX 380 to the new Radeon RX 580 literally means the difference between ~40 frames per second to a solid 60+ frames per second at 1440p in games like Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Resident Evil 7, For Honor, and DOOM5. To me, that’s a game changer.

 

But hey, I’m a marketing guy. I’d rather have you read the overwhelming praise being served up by the global tech press. So, here’s a comprehensive snapshot of what tech journalists are saying about our Radeon RX 580 and Radeon RX 570 graphics cards.

 

 

“Despite many things pointing to the contrary, this is much more than a rebrand since these cards are being offered with higher clock speeds and some notable updates to their power consumption profiles. Some may argue that a 1340MHz speed bin for Polaris was already widely available on board partners’ overclocked SKUs but now AMD is making those higher clocks the new norm […] Conclusion: One of the best just got better.” – Michael Hoenig, HardwareCanucks

 

“The MSI Radeon RX 570 Gaming X consistently outran the Radeon RX 470 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti cards” – Marco Chiappetta, HotHardware

 

“[…]both PowerColor’s Red Devil RX 580 and Sapphire’s Nitro+ RX 570 left me impressed. Their hulking size feels a bit out of place, but I can’t argue with the build quality. Both cards are very well built, and both cards are nearly whisper silent while gaming, even with their full factory overclocks in place.” – Ryan Smith, Anandtech

 

“If you’re still using a Radeon HD 7850 or GeForce GTX 660, for example, the RX 580 would be a tremendous step up…In the context of its modern contemporaries, though, Radeon RX 580 helps make up some of GCN’s lost ground against GeForce GTX 1060 6GB in the DirectX 11-based apps where it trailed previously, and extends AMD’s lead in a growing list of DX12 titles. That means you get playable performance at 2560×1440 using the highest quality settings.” – Igor Wallosek, Tom’s Hardware

 

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“The MSI Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 Gaming X cards we tested performed well in our tests. The MSI Radeon RX 580 Gaming X clearly outpaced the Radeon RX 480, and was faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition more often than not.” – Marco Chiappetta, HotHardware

 

“I think the RX 580 is the best possible drop-in upgrade solution that money can buy provided your PSU is up to the task of powering it…Not only can this card offer superlative 1080P performance but it has the chops to power through high detail level 1440P content as well. NVIDIA’s GTX 1060 6GB can’t even come close, even when EVGA’s Superclocked edition is thrown into the mix.” – Michael Hoenig, HardwareCanucks

 

“[…]AMD does have a small lead in the bang-per-buck table with the RX 580.” – Antony Leather, Forbes

 

 

Jason Evangelho, Sr. Technical Marketing Specialist for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

 

  1. PC gamer segmentation based on Steam Hardware Survey Feb 2017. Gamer upgrade estimate based on Steam peak daily users. 88% of users (approximately 9 out of 10 gamers), are gaming on Radeon R9 380X class GPUs or lower resulting in not being able to keep up in the latest games at 2560x1440 resolution including Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, For Honor, Doom, and Resident Evil resulting in tearing or being forced to move to lower settings; are unable to drive VR experiences by scoring higher than 6.0 on the SteamVR test; and are missing out on the latest display technologies including 160 FreeSync™ monitors, HDR, DisplayPort and HDMI advances, and game streaming in real-time at 4K resolution.
  2. HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, monitor/TV, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-96
  3. FreeSync disclaimer to use is: Requires a monitor and AMD Radeon™ graphics, both with FreeSync support. Seewww.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-117
  4. Compatible with Radeon™ consumer graphics products in supported DirectX®9 and DirectX®11 games for Windows®7/8.1/10. For more details and a whitelist of supported games, see http://www.amd.com/en-us/innovations/software-technologies/radeon-software/gaming/radeon-chill. GD-115
  5. Testing done by AMD Performance Labs March 9 2017 using an Intel Core i7 5960X (@3.0GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, AMD display driver 17.10 and Windows 10 (64bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. The following games were tested at 1440p: Battlefield 1 (Ultra Presets, DX12), Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (High Quality, DX11), For Honor (High Preset, DX11), DOOM (Ultra Presets, Vulkan), and Resident Evil 7 (Ultra Presets, DX11). The Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) scored 65.0, 66.9, 69.5, 73.3 and 74.2 respectively. The Radeon™ R9 380 (4GB) scored 43.5, 43.2, 40.3, 45.3, and 42.1 respectively. All scores in average FPS and are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-92

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[Originally posted on 06/23/17.]

 

Best For:

  • Graphic Design
  • Productivity
  • E-Sports Gaming
  • Long Trips Away from Plug

 

Summary

 

THE SAMSUNG NOTEBOOK 9 PRO IS A PORTABLE AND POWERFUL 2 IN 1 WITH A BUILT-IN S PEN FOR CONTENT CREATION WORKLOADS.

 

At Computex 2017, Samsung announced the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, their latest convertible laptop offering. The unit we tested was the 15-inch model featuring Radeon™ 540 graphics, Intel i7-7500U, 16 GB of DDR4 Memory and a 256 GB Solid State Drive.

 

Features like S Pen that work with Windows® Ink technology, automatic backlight display, and Samsung RealView Display technology make this a fantastic premium thin & light notebook.

 

Key Specs:

  • 15 Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop
  • 1080p Display
  • S Pen Stylus
  • Intel-i7 processor (7500U)
  • Radeon 540 Graphics (Driver: 17.1.1)
  • 16GB of DDR4 Memory
  • 256 GB Solid State Drive
  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • 1.72 kg (3.79 lbs)

 

Build & Physical Features

 

A well-designed keyboard and track pad are an essential part of any productivity notebook and the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro delivered. I personally press firmly on my keys when typing and the chiclet style keyboard felt solid and had minimal flex. For late night work sessions, the keyboard has an adjustable white backlight that automatically turns on when you head into dimly lit areas.

 

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The track pad was intuitive to use and features gesture and multi finger shortcuts, such as two finger scrolling and pinch to zoom. Left click can be activated by pressing down anywhere on the keypad.

 

One feature we were drawn to is the S Pen that is tucked away just beneath the front of the laptop.  Often found on Samsung mobile and tablet devices, we were happy to see it included on the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro. The S Pen was incredibly precise and responsive with pressure sensitivity and tilt detection. Draw sharp outlines by writing upright or tilt your pen to shade in the areas just like a real pencil.

 

On removal, a set of shortcuts instantly appeared on the screen for the user to select. Starting with the sketchpad, we were impressed at how precise the S Pen was. Pressure sensitivity and tilt are tracked, simulating real drawing and sketching. This experience is topped off with single small button on the side of the stylus for quickly erasing mistakes.

 

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Opening up the Samsung Notebook 9 revealed a M.2 SSD and a dual fan configuration that pulls air from the bottom of the notebook with the exhaust directed out the back. The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro was virtually silent while working at my desk. The fans spooled up during gaming and heavy processing workloads, but remained barely audible unless you put your ear close to the vents. The days of loud fans on all gaming-capable notebooks are over. The M.2 SSD is upgradable if you need more than 256 GB of storage.

 

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All essential ports can be found on the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro. One port to highlight on the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is the inclusion of USB-C with quick charge capabilities. In case you forget your charger, USB-C can keep you going.

 

Ports:

  • Power Connector
  • 2x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • MicroSD Slot
  • USB-C (Quick Charge Ready)
  • Headphone output
  • HDMI®

 

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All hardware is housed in an excellent lightweight chassis. I could easily move the laptop around with one hand.

 

Display

 

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro sports an excellent 1080p touchscreen panel with 360 degrees of motion. It can be used as a tablet or a traditional notebook. Colours are bright and sharp and features >95% sRGB coverage and colour accuracy ΔE <2.5. This accuracy was maintained across a large viewing angle. Images on the screen appeared vibrant even when viewing >45 degrees off center.

 

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Indoor

 

In a bright indoor office environment, we used 80 % brightness which still left additional headroom to push the display brighter when watching dark videos.

 

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Outdoor

 

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro features an impressive outdoor mode that can be activated by a function key directly on the keyboard. Activating outdoor mode pushes the display to 450 nits from 350 nits (indoor mode). We were able to comfortably work outside and enjoy the weather with the Notebook 9 Pro.

 

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Performance

 

Synthetic

 

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Boot Time

 

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To measure the speed of this system I measured boot time from power up to the time my cursor no longer showed the spinning icon. My old work laptop with a HDD drive took over a minute to boot.

 

Hard Drive

 

CrystalDisk Mark was used to measure Hard Drive Performance:

 

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Snappy booting and opening apps can be largely attributed to the SDD. The 256 GB M.2 SSD posted strong read and write speeds. I really believe an SSD is a must-have for any productivity PC.

 

Gaming

 

All tests were done on the latest driver and with the notebook plugged into the wall. For all new laptops, we recommended updating to the latest driver for the best performance.

 

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League of Legends ran amazing and stayed above 100 fps during the game with all settings maxed out at 1080p. The IGP was not able to keep up, we recorded the fps after laning phase and the HD 620 integrated graphics never reached 90 fps and dropped below 60 fps during crucial team fights. The Radeon 540 did not have this issue and stayed above 100 fps on the rift.

 

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The Radeon 540 had ~3X the performance of integrated graphics while running the built-in CIV 6 benchmark running DirectX® 12 on Medium Settings.  The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro notebook experience allowed for smooth scrolling across large detail maps when powered by Radeon 540 graphics.

 

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Productivity

 

Discrete Radeon 540 graphics provided a significant performance uplift in Adobe® Photoshop® and Premiere®.

 

We tested by running a sequence of filters and effects in Adobe Photoshop (2017). A 4K image (300 dpi) was rotated 180 degrees, crystalized by a factor of 10, blurred using the Gaussian Blur tool by a factor of 1 pix, sharpened using the Smart Sharpen tool and rotated again by 180 degrees.

 

On Adobe Premiere, we tested with a 30 second 1080p mp4 video. The clip was flipped vertically, lens distortion was applied, and then a blur using the Gaussian Blur tool by a factor of 1 pix.

 

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Battery

 

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The battery life on the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro was outstanding. The 54 Wh battery powered the PCMark® 8 Mainstream gaming test for 2.5 hours, while a competitive laptop with 940MX graphics ran out of power after 1.9 hours. Idling with the screen on at 80% (a comfortable indoor brightness) resulted in 12 hours of run time before the notebook auto shutdown.

 

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro can be charged through the USB-C port located on the left side of the laptop. If you forget your laptop charger, you can now plug into a portable battery pack or smart phone charger and continue working.

 

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Charge time was quick on the laptop. We fully drained the battery, plugged it in and in 1 hour and 23 minutes the battery was back to 100%. The smart phone quick charger took 2 hours to charge the notebook to 50% which is enough to keep your computer running when your laptop charger is not available. Some laptops we’ve tested in the past could only be charged with compatible USB chargers. This is not a problem with the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, find the nearest phone charger and you are good to go.

 

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Conclusion

 

If you’re looking for a portable light weight productivity laptop the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro should be on your shortlist. The S Pen, beautiful display and discrete Radeon 540 graphics make it ideal for content creation and  gaming on the go. 16 GB of system memory and a 256 GB M.2 form factor make the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro nimble even with a dozen tabs and apps running at the same time. With excellent battery life and a beautifully bright screen; you can confidently work away from a plug for long periods of time.

 

Buy Now:

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Detailed Specs

 

Radeon 540
Clock Speed (Boost)1124 Mhz
Peak Performance (TFLOPS)up to 1.2
Memory2 GB GDDR5
Memory Speed (Effective)up to 6 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth48 GB/s

 

 

Disclosure: This review is written by AMD employee Bryan Kong. Samsung is an AMD OEM customer.

 

 

Bryan Kong, Product Marketing Specialist at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

 

  1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 6/14/2017 on the 2017 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 15”, i7-7500U, Radeon™ 540, Windows 10, Radeon Driver 17.1.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Using the PCMark 10 benchmark, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro scored 3950 (Total), 6912 (productivity), 7687 (Essentials), 3149 (Digital). Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-127
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 6/14/2017 on the 2017 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 15”, i7-7500U, Radeon™ 540, Windows 10, Radeon Driver 17.1.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro took 18 seconds to boot from a powered off state. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-128
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 6/14/2017 on the 2017 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 15”, i7-7500U, Radeon 540, Windows 10, Radeon Driver 17.1.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Using CrystalDiskMark 5.2.1, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro scored, Seq (Q32T1) Read:541.2MB/s Write:191.2 MB/s, 4K (Q32Ti) Read:294.3 Write:190.4 MB/s, Seq: 507.4 MB/s Write:338.5 MB/s, 4K Read:34.88MB/s Write 65.89. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-129
  4. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 6/14/2017 on the 2017 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 15”, Intel HD620, i7-7500U, Radeon™ 540, Windows 10, Radeon Driver 17.1.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Using 3Dmark TimeSpy, 3DMark FireStrike, League of Legends 1080p Very High and Civilization 6 1080p Medium Benchmark.The Radeon 540 scored 911,2489,117 fps and 35 fps respectively. The Intel HD 620 scored 400, 991, 65 fps and 11 fps respectively.Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-130
  5. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 6/14/2017 on the 2017 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 15”, Intel HD620, i7-7500U, Radeon™ 540, Windows 10, Radeon Driver 17.1.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. When using the Adobe Photoshop (2017) program a 4K image (300 dpi) was rotated 180 degrees, crystalized by a factor of 10, blurred using the Gaussian Blur tool by a factor of 1 pix, sharpened using the Smart Sharpen tool and rotated again by 180 degrees. Rendering the picture with CPU took 175 seconds (not using GPU acceleration). The Radeon™ 540 and Intel HD 620 IGP rendered the clip in 37 and 66 seconds respectively with Graphics Acceleration on and with OpenCL enabled. All times are an average of 3 test runs. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-131
  6. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 6/14/2017 on the 2017 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 15”, Intel HD620, i7-7500U, Radeon™ 540, Windows 10, Radeon Driver 17.1.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. When using the Adobe Premier Pro (2017) program a 30-second 1080p mp4 video clip was flipped vertically, lens distortion applied, and blurred using the Gaussian Blur tool by a factor of 1 pix.Rendering the picture with CPU took 198 seconds (not using GPU acceleration). The Radeon™ 540 and Intel HD 620 IGP rendered the clip in 27 and 41 seconds respectively with Graphics Acceleration on and with OpenCL enabled. All times are an average of 3 test runs. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-132
  7. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 6/14/2017 on the 2017 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 15”, Intel HD620, i7-7500U, Radeon™ 540, Windows 10, Radeon Driver 17.1.1 and Acer Aspire F15 15.6”, Intel i7-7500U, Nvidia 940MX, Nvidia Driver 382.53, Windows 10. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. In the Idle battery test, screen 80% brightness, The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro auto-shutdown after 720 minutes. PCMark8 Battery test (Mainstream Gaming 1 and 2) resulted in battery life of 150 minutes for the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro and 115 minutes for the Acer Aspire F15. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-133
  8. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 6/14/2017 on the 2017 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 15”, Intel HD620, i7-7500U, Radeon™ 540, Windows 10, Radeon Driver 17.1.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro charged from 0-100% in 83 minutes with a laptop charger and 0-50% in 120 minutes with an Adaptive Fast Charger through USB-C. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-134